Connect through Bluetooth on your Android device

To connect through Bluetooth, first turn on your device's Bluetooth. When you use a new Bluetooth accessory, pair it with your device. After pairing, devices can connect with each other automatically.

Important: On a tablet that people share, each person can change the overall Bluetooth settings.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn Bluetooth on or off

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices And then Connection preferences And then Bluetooth. If you don't see 'Connection preferences', go to Step 3.
  3. Turn Bluetooth on or off.

Tip: To save battery, turn off Bluetooth when you're not using it. Bluetooth is off in Aeroplane mode.

Pair & connect a Bluetooth accessory

Before you can connect to a Bluetooth accessory, you must pair it with your device. After pairing, your devices stay paired until you unpair them. 

While Bluetooth settings are open, nearby devices can see your phone.

Option 1: Use the Settings app (all Bluetooth accessories)

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

Step 1: Pair

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices And then Connection preferences And then Bluetooth. Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on. If you don't see 'Connection preferences', go to Step 3.
  3. Tap Pair new device. If you don't see "Pair new device," you're using a different Android version. Look under "Available devices." If needed, tap More More And then Refresh.
  4. Tap the name of the Bluetooth device that you want to pair with your phone or tablet.
  5. Follow any on-screen steps.

Tip: If you need a passcode and don't have it, try 0000 or 1234 (the most common passcodes).

Step 2: Connect

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices And then Connection preferences And then Bluetooth. If you don't see 'Connection preferences', go to Step 3.
  3. Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.
  4. In the list of paired devices, tap a paired but unconnected device.
  5. When your phone and the Bluetooth device are connected, the device shows as 'Connected'.

Tip: If your phone is connected to something through Bluetooth, at the top of the screen, you'll see a Bluetooth icon Bluetooth.

Option 2: Use notifications (Fast Pair accessories only)

Accessories that work with Fast Pair say so on their boxes. Many also say 'Made by Google' or 'Made for Google'.  Find accessories in the Google Store.

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

Step 1: Pair

  1. Make sure that:
    • Your Bluetooth accessory works with Fast Pair.
    • Your device is using Android 6.0 or higher.
    • Your device has Bluetooth and Location turned on.
  2. Turn on your Fast Pair accessory and put it in pairing mode. Make sure that your accessory is near your phone or tablet.
  3. When you get a notification, tap Tap to pair.
  4. You'll get a 'Device connected' or 'Pairing complete' notification.
  5. If your accessory needs to be set up, tap Set up now.

Tip: If you don’t get a notification, open your phone’s settings app and tap Connected devices. Under 'Nearby devices', tap the device that you want to pair.

Step 2: Connect

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices And then Connection preferences And then Bluetooth. If you don't see 'Connection preferences', go to Step 3.
  3. Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.
  4. In the list of paired devices, tap a paired but unconnected device.
  5. When your phone and the Bluetooth device are connected, the device shows as 'Connected'.

Tip: If your phone is connected to something through Bluetooth, at the top of the screen, you'll see a Bluetooth icon Bluetooth.

Configure, unpair or rename a Bluetooth accessory

If your Bluetooth accessories can do more than one action, like make calls and play music, you can pick which actions to take with each accessory.

Your device has a Bluetooth name that other devices find when you connect them through Bluetooth. You can change your device's Bluetooth name.

Unpair, rename or pick actions for a Bluetooth accessory

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices And then Connection preferences And then Bluetooth. If you don't see 'Connection preferences', go to Step 3.
  3. Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.
  4. At the top left, double-tap the Back arrow Back.
  5. Open your Bluetooth accessory's settings:
    • If you find your accessory under 'Available media devices': Next to your device's name, tap Settings Settings.
    • If no accessories are listed under 'Previously connected devices': Tap See all. Next to your accessory's name, tap Settings Settings.
  6. Make your change:
    • To change the accessory's name: At the top, tap Edit .
    • To disconnect: Tap Disconnect Remove.
    • To remove the device from your phone completely: Tap Forget Clear.
    • On some devices, you can turn other settings on or off.
Change your phone or tablet's Bluetooth name

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices And then Connection preferences And then Bluetooth. If you don't see 'Connection preferences', go to Step 3.
  3. Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.
  4. Tap Device name. If you don't see 'Device name', you're using a different Android version. Tap More More And then Rename this device.
  5. Enter a new name.
  6. Tap Rename.

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